Wildlife Interest Growing?- Wednesfield

The interest in Wildlife in and around our Urban area of Wednesfield, is growing, perhaps as fast as it ever has previously. We are lucky that we have easy access to ‘Green Open Space’ as it stands at the moment.
But there is nothing quite like attracting birds and mammals into your own gardens too.
Take a look at any of our local pet shops and you will see that there are so many of us that are feeding them to keep them active, and alive in our gardens, and Open Spaces. The shops are packed full of Peanuts, Sunflower seeds, Mixed Bird Seeds, and other more exotic mixes. I use the Pet Shop on Ashmore Park for my seeds.

The interest in protecting Wild Animals in their own environment, to me has never has been stronger.
We do live in a World threatened by Climate change. It is getting difficult for all sorts of wildlife. Schools are doing a good job in educating young people, they come home and influence the whole house! As does Sir Richard Attenborough with his fine television documentaries.
As you will know, (those that have known me anyway!) I have spent a good deal of my time arguing for a better environment. I am ‘chuffed’ that after a very long battle we have managed to get a Local Nature Reserve declared along the length of the Wyrley and Essington Canal. It is a fab amenity.

I have been knocked over by the number of people that have been using it since the ’Lock Down’ occurred.
There is a long list of birds and mammals that are often seen or recorded on the ‘Curly-Wurley’. Herons, and Mallard Ducks, Coots and Moorhen. Foxes (and I spotted a weasel back in2007!) are amongst the regular species that are reported.

I am now convinced that Badgers are using the tow path at night for their long journeys, eating slugs, snails, worms. Here is a photo of a particular fine footprint I took in the last two days on the towpath.
In this coming year I am hoping the users of our canal will join with me to spot and report any signs that the canal is being used by Otters, and of any sightings that may prove that Water Voles, have moved back into this environment.

Please keep Posting your experiences on this Page and lets do all that we can to protect and preserve this unique wildlife site. Plus, at the same time try to make our own Gardens a haven for the birds and Mammals that share that space.
Please lets have your sightings with photos if possible.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more